About Perspectives Charter Schools
At Perspectives, our A Disciplined Life® education model teaches the whole child. We combine academic rigor, social emotional learning, and experiential opportunities to establish a culture of trust, curiosity and achievement. As one of the first charter schools in Illinois and founded by teachers, our mission is to provide students with a holistic, rigorous and relevant education, based on the ethical principles of A Disciplined Life®, preparing them for life in a changing world and helping them further become intellectually reflective, caring and ethical people engaged in a meaningful life. With 5 schools in three campuses, the Perspectives network has served public school students in grades 6 -12 on our city’s southside for over 20 years. Our scholars come from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the country, but they graduate from high school, graduate from high school with a plan to enroll in college or trade school, and take with them the tools to persist in college and career. The keys to our success are our dedicated, hard‐working, creative, and compassionate colleagues.
LOCATION: South Loop, Bronzeville, Chatham
Be an Instructional Leader at Perspectives, where we live A Disciplined Life®.
At Perspectives, we pride ourselves in the quality of supports that we give to our students. We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive education for all. Our Instructional Leaders embody how to live the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life® (our social emotional learning culture and curriculum) while also performing functions and duties that guide and support teachers to both adhere and excel in State Standards for their curriculum. The Instructional Leader builds and maintains a teaching staff committed to raising standardized test scores. Serves as an advocate for social justice, the development of character and the right to receive and pursue an exceptional education. At Perspectives, we are committed to providing a caring community of dedicated staff that meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of our scholars. Our ultimate goal is that we give our students an education that will allow them to be positive change agents in their communities and lead meaningful post-secondary lives.
WHAT YOU’LL DO: CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide leadership in the development of improved classroom instruction, student performance and discipline
Develop and manage goals and objectives for curriculum alignment
Analyze teacher progress and performance; provide formal and informal evaluations
Provide opportunities for professional development based on individual and organizational growth
Ensure comprehension of student performance on standardized test scores; implement classroom practices to increase test scores
Research and shape best practices, curriculums and school wide projects
Develop teacher meeting agenda in conjunction with Administration and facilitate teacher meetings
Coach teachers in learning the A Disciplined Life way of teaching
Provide recommendations for teacher retention
Provide leadership in the development of improved classroom instruction, student performance, discipline, and evaluation
Provide a framework for curriculum, teaching practices and the Perspectives Way
Develop and manage goals and objectives for curriculum alignment
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Social Emotional & Ethical Learning
Demonstrate the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life
Build meaningful and professional relationships with staff, students and families
Coach teachers in learning the A Disciplined Life way of teaching.
Provide opportunities for professional development in best instructional practices
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a certification in the required instructional area
Ability to read and write proficiently using the English language
Ability to interact and speak effectively in interpersonal situations and before groups of people
Evidence of success working in an urban school environment strongly preferred but not required.
Evidence of at least five years of classroom/school experience
Experience evaluating and analyzing others’ work
Ability to develop and foster successful teacher/student relationships
Proven ability to work well with diverse constituents
WHAT YOU BRING TO THE TEAM:
A strong commitment to live by the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life and a belief that all students in Chicago deserve an excellent education
A willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve outstanding student outcomes
A commitment to life-long learning with the desire to take advantage of professional development and coaching to constantly improve
The ability to make firm decisions in the areas of responsibility.
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMPETENCIES
Advocacy: Champion the growth and needs of our administrative leadership, teachers, and support staff, within a collaborative environment that takes into account the differentiated needs and goals of the entire organization to support our educational goals.
Cultural competence: Effectively communicate and collaborate with diverse individuals and groups; apply positive strategies to confront social issues, including discrimination, bias and stereotype threat; and use this competence to inform teaching and learning practices.
Equity-minded: The data-driven outlook and perspectives that call attention to patterns of inequity in access, outcomes and retention as institutional problems, in an effort to develop systemic strategies within the control of Perspectives that address these inequities. This includes being willing to have robust discussions about identity-based inequities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:
Majority of work will be performed in a general office/school environment. Position requires availability for extended hours plus non-traditional hours required to perform job duties. Also requires participation and attendance at organization sponsored events and meetings. Physical demands include the ability to lift and/or push and pull 15 to 20lbs for a short period of time, walk up and down stairs several times a day, reach, bend, and constantly walk, stand, talk and hear.
Comprehensive and competitive benefits package
Health, dental, and vision insurance
Paid time off including holidays
Company 403B plan available
Company contribution towards the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund if eligible
Paid life insurance
Paid short and long term disability.
ISBE-approved professional development provider
Perspectives Charter Schools works affirmatively to include diversity among its workforce and does not discriminate in the selection of its staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, income, marital status, or any other dimension of diversity. We encourage diverse candidates to apply for this position.